Letter from C. H. Waddington to Francis Crick


Title:
Letter from C. H. Waddington to Francis Crick
Creator:
Waggington, C. H. (Conrad Hal), 1905-1975
Recipient:
Crick, Francis, 1916-2004
Date:
27 December 1967
Description:
Waddington's exchange with Crick came in response to a review by Waddington of Crick's book, Of Molecules and Men (1966), which argued against vitalism, the belief that living beings are animated by an autonomous soul or metaphysical inner force that cannot be explained by natural laws. In his letter Waddington gave more credence than Crick to the idea that by studying macromolecules and other complex biological systems, phenomena such as bonding would be observed that could not be accounted for by the current knowledge of physics, and whose explanation would require further development of theoretical physics (which was not to say that physics could not eventually explain these phenomena). Moreover, Waddington emphasized how far physics and chemistry were from giving explanations for the most complex of result of evolution, human consciousness.
Original Repository:
The Wellcome Library for the History and Understanding of Medicine. Francis Harry Compton Crick Papers
Location:
Box: 102. Folder: PP/CRI/I/2/6/5
Rights:
Reproduced with permission of C. J. Waddington.
Genre:
Letters (correspondence)
Subject:
Biology, Vitalism, and Macromolecular Substances
Format:
Text
Extent:
3 pages
Relation:
Letter from Francis Crick to C. H. Waddington, 1967
Language:
English
Legacy Source Citation:
Original Repository. Wellcome Library for the History and Understanding of Medicine. Francis Harry Compton Crick Papers. 11646. URL. http://archives.wellcome.ac.uk/
Legacy ID:
SCBBLS
NLM ID:
101584582X159
Profiles Collection:
The Francis Crick Papers
Story Section:
Embryology and the Organization of DNA in Higher Organisms, 1966-1976